The leadership instability and power wrangles that dogged the country’s tax collecting authority, Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) which have had three Commissioner Generals in less than three years, seems to be over and put to rest as Accountant and Tax analyst Tom Malata has finally taken over the reigns as the new boss after fruitfully finalising his contractual agreements, Nyasa Times understands.
Malata will report for duties at MRA as the new Commissioner General on Friday after the MRA board of directors confirmed his appointment a couple weeks ago to take over from Ralph Kamoto who has since been redeployed back to Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) as CEO.
Until Thursday September 24, the leadership plagued MRA, was under the interim headship of Rosa Mbilizi, a close ally of Malawi’s First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika, who was appointed as acting Commissioner General.
Malata whose appointment is with effect from September 22 2015, joins MRA from Taxcon Finance Associates, a finance and business development consultancy that deal in, among others, tax management, according to MRA boad chairperson Evelyn Mwapasa.
“Mr. Malawi will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Authority in order to advance the mission of the organisation including spearheading tax administration reforms.
“Mr. Malata brings to MRA to over 20 years’ experience of operating at top management levels in various institutions and industries,” said Mwapasa in statement issued Thursday.
A well exposed, analytical, mature and dedicated leader, Mr. Malata has served as Managing Consultant at Taxcom Finance Associates, and Managing Director of both Premium Tama Tobacco Limited and Kanengo Tobacco Processors among other senior management positions.
Malata becomes the fourth Commissioner General at MRA just in less than 36 months since 2012 after Lloyd Muhara was fired by former president Joyce Banda and replaced him with banker John Bizwick who was later booted out in July last year by President Peter Mutharika who also fired later fired him and replaced him with (Ralph) Kamoto just a few months later.
MRA staff has of late been embroiled in various tax evasion and corruption scandals.